Family Games Nights

Today is a bank holiday here in the UK, which means pretty much everyone has the day off work and it is a relaxing day. It is the last bank holiday before Christmas day which is a scary thought!

I love bank holidays. When I was growing up, I spent my summers at the seaside every year as had a caravan there that we went to every weekend and school holiday. Sadly, our caravan had to be sold when I was 18 and now at 37, I still dream of buying another one and spending the summer on the beach again. My entire childhood was summers full of sand, sea and freedom and it has never been the same since. Now these holiday days are spent inland at home but they can be just as fun and filled with happy memories.

If you're not spending the holidays at the seaside then family games nights can be a great way to build happy memories.
If you’re not spending the holidays at the seaside then family games nights can be a great way to build happy memories.

One way to do this is to hold a family game night. This is something my husband and I love to do, even though there are only the two of us, and some of our happiest memories are of laughing and playing games for hours. We even had a game of monopoly last Christmas that went on to new year as neither of us could seem to win or lose!!

Family game nights can be as big or as small as you like!
Family game nights can be as big or as small as you like!

Family game nights can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be. They can be just everyone gathered round a table to play one game together or they can involve teams, food, different games and point scoring – it’s all a case of what works best for you and how much time and space you have.

It’s a very inexpensive way to spend an evening. All you need are some board games which can even be found on eBay or at yard sales and then an area to play them. We get lazy and set up a table in the main living room so we can sit in the comfy chairs, but sitting round a dining table is probably better! We keep food simple by buying popcorn and other finger foods, but again you can make it as big as you want. Food that is easy to eat with your hands is best though, so that you can play and eat at the same time.

Another way to add to the fun is to invite other families and play in family teams. If everyone brings a dish or a food item and shares, it can be a very memorable evening for very little cost. You just need enough room to host everyone. This is also a good way to make sure that younger children are able to be included, if you play in teams then younger children and older children / adults can be grouped together and no one is left out or disadvantaged.

The best games are things like Cluedo, Monopoly, Scrabble, trivial pursuit – anything where everyone gets a turn and there is fun to be had!

Possible too many games for one family game night ...
Possible too many games for one family game night …

What are your tips for family games nights? What works for you and what doesn’t? Which games do you find best? Please let us know below!

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